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Commercial building | Impact resistanceThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify windows, doors and skylights as "impact resistant." The AAMA 506-16, Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products, was last updated in 2011.

“The AAMA 506 document provides details regarding the rating of windows, doors and skylights for impact and pressure cycle testing, generally associated with hurricane conditions. This version has been updated to reference the most current ASTM specifications required for qualifying mulled assemblies,” says Steven Saffell (Simonton), Co-Chair of the AAMA 506 Impact Specification Review Task Group.

The change primarily updated references, as the standard’s previous ones were from five years prior. This specification provides a system for rating the ability of windows, doors, skylights and sliding glass doors to withstand impact and pressure cycling generally associated with hurricane conditions. The basis for this specification is initial qualification through one of the three standards and specifications referenced in the document, followed by impact and cycle testing in accordance with ASTM E1886 and ASTM E1996.

AAMA 506-16, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.

More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA Media Relations page or on the AAMA website, aamanet.org.

AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification
and educational programs for the fenestration industry.SM